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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

Meaning through the Mystery of Suffering

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Lilles discuss meaning through the mystery of suffering and the importance of a charitable response to this reality. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can trials and difficulties help detach us from earthly things? How can we talk to people who are suffering about the mystery of suffering being a grace or blessing for the soul? While we are in the... Read More

Evangelical Poverty — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Evangelical Poverty   Presence of God – O Jesus, for my sake You embraced a life of extreme poverty; make me realize the great value of this virtue. MEDITATION One day a scribe approached Jesus and said to Him, “Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou shalt go.’ Jesus answered him, ‘The foxes have their holes, and the birds of the air have their nests; but the Son of Man... Read More

The Deep Waters of God’s Love – Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles immerse themselves in the deep waters of God’s love seen through the eyes of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in her oblation to merciful love. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse need to do in order to release “the waves of infinite tenderness” that God has waiting to give to us? How can St. Thérèse become... Read More

The Power of Sacred Space in Prayer (Video)

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Prayer, Videos

The Power of Sacred Space in Prayer   In this video, I reveal one of the secrets of the saints regarding how we can better engage in prayer. The idea of the sacred is lost in our time but that doesn’t have to hold us back in restoring this powerful reality in our own homes. When we do this we will find that just as with beautiful architecture, we can speak truth to our bodies and thus be... Read More

The Necessity for Interior Purification

The Necessity for Interior Purification   Presence of God – Purify my soul, O Lord, so that it may be filled completely with Your light and Your love. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross compares the soul to a glass window with a ray of sunlight shining on it. If the glass is dirty, “the ray cannot illuminate it, nor transform it completely into its light; its illumination will be in proportion... Read More

Instantaneous Purification – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles examine the ray of hope St. Thérèse sends to us through her oblation to merciful love in speaking of instantaneous purification; the Lord’s mercy when preparing a soul to meet Him. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the significance of instantaneous purification? How does Pelagianism compare to St. Thérèse’s thought... Read More

Baptism — Divine Intimacy Meditation

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Baptism   Presence of God – O God, who without any merit on my part, have made me Your child, grant that my life may be worthy of this divine Sonship. MEDITATION The Church, like a mother anxious for the salvation of her children, and eager to rescue them from the slavery of Satan, to make them living temples of God, does not wait until a child is able to appreciate the value of Baptism, but... Read More

Mindfulness and Catholic Mystical Tradition (Video)

February 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Dan Burke, Meditation, Mindfulness, New Age

Mindfulness and Catholic Mystical Tradition Is mindfulness a helpful practice and should a Catholic participate in in it? In this video Dan Burke compares mindfulness to Catholic mystical tradition and reveals the best way for Catholics to understand this practice. He also reveals the path they should take as they seek to deepen their faith and be more present to God and those whom He has placed in... Read More

True Joy and Justice in the Eyes of God

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse’s meaning of true joy and justice in the eyes of God, and the source of our merits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse mean when she says that she does not want to “lay up merits for heaven”? Is there a difference between happiness and joy? Can we console the heart of Christ? Why... Read More

Finding Hope and Healing in Prayer (Video)

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Finding Hope and Healing in Prayer (Video) Can we really be made new again? Is there really hope for me, a sinner? Can we know peace in these tumultuous times? These are difficult questions but the answer to each is a resounding YES. This is why Jesus came, to draw us into the reality of peace and healing that only comes through relationship with Him. This relationship begins in the sacraments but... Read More

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